Washington was reshaped by the 1980 election
Originally aired: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
It was 1980, and the U.S. was in the depths of a huge recession. Interests rates on mortgages were well into the double digits. American hostages were being held at the US Embassy in Tehran. The Soviets had invaded Afghanistan, so the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics that summer.
In the presidential race, the difference between the two candidates, incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter and Republican challenger Ronald Reagan, was famously described by humorist Mark Russell as the choice between "the evil of two lessers."